Rockfish Valley Trail 2/17/12

All photos are Marshall Faintich

What a great morning for this year's Great Backyard Bird Count. Although it started out under mostly cloudy skies, it soon became mostly sunny, with a light breeze, and temperatures in the upper 40s. There was a lot of avian activity on the trail, and I ended up with 28 species seen between 9:25 and 10:55 a.m. Althought none of the species were unusual, I was treated to seeing a male Belted Kingfisher chasing another male out of its territory.

Male Belted Kingfishers

Male Belted Kingfisher

Male Downy Woodpecker

Female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Red-tailed Hawk

This mornings's list (28 species):

Species Count
Canada Goose 2
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 12
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon 4
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 6
Carolina Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 5
Carolina Wren 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 15
American Robin 51
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Field Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 7
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 20
Northern Cardinal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 1
American Goldfinch 2

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